be·​ret | \ bə-ˈrā How to pronounce beret (audio) \

Definition of beret

: a visorless usually woolen cap with a tight headband and a soft full flat top

Examples of beret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His hair is white, and there is a beret on his head. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, "The Old Man in the Piazza," 16 Nov. 2020 Also, the new generation uses plastic artificial baits to lure the fish, not the natural baits like the worms still favored by beret-wearing retirees. New York Times, "Catch a Fish in Paris. Post on Social Media. Release.," 11 Jan. 2021 The vast majority of men and women Green Berets live up to their storied reputation and earn their beret every day. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Green Beret charged with murder in Illinois bowling alley shooting," 28 Dec. 2020 To make matters worse, Emily’s döppelganger can really pull off a beret. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, "“Emily in Paris” Season 2, Directed by David Lynch," 10 Dec. 2020 In general, Mr Wine’s politics are less revolutionary than his lyrics and red beret suggest. The Economist, "Sing it loud Bobi Wine, the pop star who would be president of Uganda," 7 Nov. 2020 Like the green beret of the Special Forces, the SEAL's Trident has come to symbolize a fighting force made up of the crème de la crème. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Behind the “Budweiser”: A Brief History of the Navy SEAL Trident," 21 Oct. 2020 Their popular characters, from a little bit Alexis (sorry) to Eleven in her yellow beret, have all been immortalized as Funko Pops. Nina Huang,, "Schitt’s Creek, Mandalorian, and Game of Thrones Funko Pops are as little as $4 for Amazon Prime Day," 13 Oct. 2020 Emily is the kind of American who arrives in Paris wearing a beret and expecting a room with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Emily in Paris Is an Irresistible Fantasy," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of beret

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beret

French béret, from Gascon berret, from Old Occitan, cap — more at biretta

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30 Jan 2021

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“Beret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beret

: a round hat with a tight band around the head and a top that is flat, soft, and loose


be·​ret | \ bə-ˈrā How to pronounce beret (audio) \

Kids Definition of beret

: a soft round flat cap without a visor

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